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Featuring MSD, CSK pays perfect tribute to Rohit’s legacy as MI skipper

Featuring MSD, CSK pays perfect tribute to Rohit’s legacy as MI skipper

Notably, MI's IPL title victories often involved overcoming CSK in the final showdown.

In the wake of the Mumbai Indians (MI) announcement that Hardik Pandya would be taking over the captaincy reins from the esteemed Rohit Sharma for the upcoming IPL season, a poignant tribute rolled in from their long-standing rivals, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

A tweet from CSK, featuring iconic MS Dhoni, encapsulated a decade of spirited cricketing challenges between the two franchises. The message, “A decade of spirited challenge! Much respect, Rohit!” accompanied by a memorable photo of MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma shaking hands, served as a touching acknowledgment of the intense battles and mutual respect that defined their encounters on the cricket field.

As Rohit Sharma bids farewell to his captaincy role, the acknowledgment from CSK stands as a symbol of the enduring spirit of the IPL and the respect garnered by Rohit’s exceptional leadership over the past decade.

The camaraderie between CSK and MI has been etched in IPL history, with the two teams consistently featuring in high-stakes clashes, often in title deciders. The heartfelt tribute from CSK underlines the sportsmanship and admiration shared between the players, transcending the competitive nature of the league.

CSK vs MI: MS Dhoni vs Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma assumed the role of MI captain in 2013, steering the team to victory in all five IPL titles. The Mumbai Indians developed a fierce rivalry with MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) during Rohit’s captaincy, with pivotal moments in their intense battles becoming IPL folklore.

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Notably, MI’s IPL title victories often involved overcoming CSK in the final showdown. The team’s first triumph in 2013 and their second in 2015 were achieved by defeating CSK in the finals. MI continued their winning streak with victories over CSK in the 2019 IPL final and successfully defending their title against Delhi Capitals in 2020.

Rohit Sharma leaves behind a remarkable legacy as the fourth-highest run-scorer in IPL history, amassing 6211 runs, out of which 3986 came as captain. His successor, Hardik Pandya, commenced his IPL journey with Mumbai Indians in 2015, contributing 1476 runs and taking 42 wickets for the franchise. A key player in MI’s title-winning campaigns in 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020, Pandya’s journey from an uncapped player signed for INR 10 lakh to the captaincy role marks a new chapter for the Mumbai Indians.

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